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Raptors end slide vs. Celtics

The Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani is fouled trying to get between the Celtics tandem of Glen Davis, left, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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The Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani is fouled trying to get between the Celtics tandem of Glen Davis, left, and Shaquille O’Neal.

TORONTO — The Celtics are playing tough defense, as usual. Just not for the entire game, and it's costing them.

Amir Johnson made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left, Andrea Bargnani scored 29 and the Raptors ended an eight-game losing streak to the Celtics with a 102-101 victory Sunday.

Paul Pierce's shot bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded, giving Toronto its first victory against Boston since a 114-112 road win Jan. 23, 2008.

Boston, which lost 89-84 at home to Oklahoma City on Friday, suffered consecutive defeats for the first time this season.

"We can't just show up. We've got to play some D," forward Kevin Garnett said. "These teams we're playing against are very high-caliber offense teams."

The Raptors, who made 30 of 39 free throws, had won just one of its previous 12 against Boston. They turned this one around with a 38-point second quarter, the biggest output by a Celtics opponent in any quarter this season.

"We may be the worst second-quarter team in all of basketball," Pierce said. "We come out, get these leads and then we give them right away in the second quarter."

Game highlights: David West scored 17 and Trevor Ariza added 16 as the Hornets beat the host Kings 75-71. New Orleans improved to 11-1, matching San Antonio for the best record in the NBA. … Richard Hamilton scored 12 of his 27 in overtime as the host Pistons beat the Wizards 115-110. … Pau Gasol scored 28 on 10-for-10 shooting, Kobe Bryant added 20 points and the host Lakers took a 30-point lead in the first half of their fourth straight victory, 117-89 over the Warriors.

Around the league: Heat forward Udonis Haslem, the team's leading rebounder, has a torn ligament in his left foot and will be sidelined indefinitely. The former Gator will visit a specialist today, and surgery is an option. Heat guard Dwyane Wade had an MRI exam on his sprained left wrist. The test showed no serious damage, and Wade is listed as day-to-day. … Guard Jerryd Bayless and forward Peja Stojakovic, acquired by Toronto in Saturday's five-player deal with New Orleans, are expected to debut Wednesday against Philadelphia.

Iverson overseas: Allen Iverson scored two points in his Turkish league debut for Besiktas Cola Turka in a 74-67 loss to defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker on Sunday. The former NBA All-Star guard missed three shots and did not score until late in the third.

Raptors 102, Celtics 101

BOSTON (101): Pierce 5-10 9-13 19, Garnett 6-12 0-0 12, S.O'Neal 2-8 4-4 8, Robinson 8-14 3-4 22, Allen 6-14 5-7 19, G.Davis 3-6 6-8 12, Erden 0-1 0-0 0, West 2-2 1-2 5, Daniels 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 34-71 28-38 101.

TORONTO (102): Weems 8-20 0-0 16, Evans 3-5 3-5 9, Bargnani 9-20 9-13 29, Calderon 4-10 2-3 11, DeRozan 2-8 2-3 6, Johnson 4-5 9-9 17, Kleiza 1-2 0-0 2, Barbosa 3-6 5-6 12. Totals 34-76 30-39 102.

Boston 31 27 17 26— 101

Toronto 23 38 21 20— 102

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-13 (Robinson 3-6, Allen 2-5, Pierce 0-2), Toronto 4-15 (Bargnani 2-6, Calderon 1-2, Barbosa 1-3, Weems 0-4). Fouled OutS.O'Neal. ReboundsBoston 47 (Allen, Garnett 8), Toronto 51 (Evans 16). AssistsBoston 17 (Pierce 5), Toronto 16 (Barbosa 5). Total FoulsBoston 28, Toronto 27. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second, Calderon, Evans, Toronto defensive three second. A17,707.

Hornets 75, Kings 71

NEW ORLEANS (75): Ariza 5-9 4-4 16, West 8-19 1-2 17, Okafor 3-14 0-0 6, Paul 2-12 5-5 9, Belinelli 4-12 2-2 12, Green 1-9 0-0 2, Smith 3-6 2-2 8, Mbenga 1-1 1-1 3, Thornton 1-3 0-0 2, Pondexter 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-87 15-16 75.

SACRAMENTO (71): Greene 6-15 2-2 15, Landry 4-13 1-2 9, Dalembert 0-5 3-4 3, Head 4-4 0-1 11, Evans 4-12 1-2 9, Cousins 3-11 1-3 7, Thompson 3-4 0-0 6, Garcia 2-4 1-1 5, Udrih 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 29-75 9-15 71.

New Orleans 14 25 20 16— 75

Sacramento 16 23 17 15— 71

3-Point GoalsN.O 4-12 (Belinelli 2-4, Ariza 2-4, Green 0-1, Paul 0-3), Sac. 4-13 (Head 3-3, Greene 1-6, Udrih 0-1, Landry 0-1, Garcia 0-2). Fouled OutCousins. Rebs—N.O. 55 (Okafor 12), Sac. 57 (Dalembert, Greene 10). Asts—N.O. 20 (Paul 14), Sac. 14 (Evans 5). Total FoulsN.O. 18, Sac. 19. TechnicalsN.O. defensive three second. A12,003.

Pistons 115, Wizards 110, OT

WASHINGTON (110): Thornton 4-11 0-0 8, Blatche 9-22 2-4 20, McGee 9-13 2-4 20, Hinrich 6-9 0-0 12, Arenas 9-18 0-0 19, Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0, Young 7-10 2-3 18, Martin 3-5 1-2 9, Booker 1-1 2-2 4 Totals 48-89 9-15 110.

DETROIT (115): Prince 3-13 1-2 7, Maxiell 4-7 6-8 14, Wallace 2-2 0-2 4, Hamilton 11-21 5-6 27, Stuckey 6-11 2-3 15, Villanueva 10-18 1-2 25, McGrady 2-6 0-2 4, Bynum 3-5 2-2 9, Gordon 4-6 1-1 10, Monroe 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 45-92 18-28 115.

Washington 17 38 23 24 8— 110

Detroit 24 28 25 25 13— 115

3-Point GoalsWas. 5-19 (Young 2-3, Martin 2-3, Arenas 1-8, McGee 0-1, Thornton 0-1, Blatche 0-3), Det. 7-15 (Villanueva 4-6, Gordon 1-1, Stuckey 1-1, Bynum 1-2, McGrady 0-1, Prince 0-1, Hamilton 0-3). Fouled OutArenas. ReboundsWas. 50 (McGee 16), Det. 54 (Villanueva 11). AssistsWas. 28 (Arenas 16), Det.23 (Stuckey 7). Total FoulsWas. 27, Det. 19. A13,241.

Lakers 117, Warriors 89

GOLDEN STATE (89): D.Wright 5-17 6-6 16, Radmanovic 3-6 2-2 9, Biedrins 4-8 1-2 9, Curry 5-10 2-2 13, Ellis 2-10 0-0 5, Adrien 3-8 3-5 9, Carney 2-4 0-0 4, Gadzuric 1-4 0-0 2, Williams 1-10 3-4 5, Bell 2-5 0-0 4, Lin 4-9 5-5 13. Totals 32-91 22-26 89.

L.A. LAKERS (117): Artest 1-3 0-0 2, Odom 5-8 4-4 15, Gasol 10-10 8-8 28, Fisher 4-6 0-0 8, Bryant 7-16 6-6 20, Blake 2-4 0-0 6, Barnes 3-6 1-2 9, Brown 7-10 0-0 17, Ebanks 3-5 1-4 7, Caracter 1-5 0-1 2, Walton 0-3 0-0 0, Vujacic 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 44-79 20-25 117.

Golden State 21 20 19 29— 89

L.A. Lakers 37 32 26 22— 117

3-Point GoalsGSt. 3-20 (Radmanovic 1-2, Ellis 1-3, Curry 1-3, Carney 0-1, Lin 0-1, Bell 0-3, D.Wright 0-3, Williams 0-4), Lakers 9-22 (Brown 3-3, Barnes 2-4, Blake 2-4, Odom 1-2, Vujacic 1-2, Walton 0-1, Fisher 0-2, Bryant 0-2, Artest 0-2). Fouled OutCaracter. RebsGSt. 49 (Adrien 10), Lakers 54 (Odom 10). AstsGSt. 16 (Ellis, Bell 3),Lakers 32 (Blake 6). Total FoulsGSt. 17, Lakers 18. Flagrant Fouls—Barnes. A18,997.

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